The sense of safety and comfort that one feels after entering their home, kicking off their shoes and plopping directly onto their comfiest couch is something that many look forward to all day. Home is something like one’s modern castle, and a place that we usually feel safe lowering our guard within. However, did you know that there are hidden dangers throughout most modern households? We take a look at the most common household dangers that may be lurking in your cabinets, on your shelf or in your kitchen.
Household Dangers to Avoid
- Household Appliances: Kids can be adventurous and curious — anyone with a toddler can attest to this fact. With many modern appliances large enough to be used as hiding places, kids have been injured by hiding in washing machines, dryers, refrigerators and other places in which they could fit. Though parents should check these appliances before running them, another simple solution is to utilize childproof locks and train children on the dangers of getting stuck in one these potentially deadly machines.
- Disheveled Shelves: We all know those shelves — packed to the brim with the likes of rusty paint canisters, old bottles of weed killer and other potentially toxic chemicals stored in leaky containers. These can be huge dangers, especially when perched precariously on rotting wood or rusting shelves often found in sheds and garages. Inspect your shelves and throw away any leaking or rusting containers, especially those filled with dangerous chemicals. Double check that tools, containers and heavy items are secure and out of the reach of young children.
- Common Chemicals: Chemicals commonly used to wash kitchens and bathrooms can be highly dangerous if touched or inhaled. Ensure that all containers are tightly closed, flammable items are stored away from open flames or high heat and nothing has leaked or spilled. Also, the same rules of keeping these chemicals behind lock and key is smart in order to safeguard your kids.
Though our intention is not to make you fearful of your own home, knowing these household dangers may protect both you and your children from some common, unnecessary risks. Know that you also have a responsibility to visitors of your home as well, so being aware of these potential dangers could also keep you out of a messy, premises liability case. If you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of others, contact our liability experts today for the guidance you need.